Tuaregs are known for their distinct culture, dress and fine craftsmanship. Though they are Arabized Berbers, their ancestors were once Christian. Their ancestors fiercely rejected Islam until they were won over by Sufi Islamic mysticism. Today, they espouse a mixture of Sunni Islam and folk religion and do not fully practice the "pillars" of Islam, including the month of fasting. Only the men wear veils, and women may have some leadership roles. Their indigo clothing colors their skin, so they are known as "blue people." They speak a distinct dialect of Arabic.
There is very little gospel witness in Mauritania. Almost everyone follows Sunni Islam there.
On the other hand, concentration in refugee camps ends nomadism, opens opportunity to show the JESUS Film and gospel recordings and meets needs. Their form of Sufi Islam allows for the supernatural, so it's possible that believers can introduce them to the miracles of Jesus.
"Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies." Psalm 107:2
Pray for this people group to call out to the Lord to redeem them from sin, their main enemy.
Pray that the few Tuareg believers will be winsome witnesses, take advantage of refugee status to study Scripture and use their time to bring about a large and healthy church planting movement. Pray that all Tuaregs will be able to safely exit the refugee camps and that they will be safe from health challenges. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to flourish among them in Mauritania.
|People Name||Tamasheq Tuareg|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|